East Harlem, Manhattan- An MTA employee cleaning up debris at subway station early this morning fell and later died, according to officials.
Police say the incident occurred at around 4:45 AM this morning at the Harlem 125th Street 4,5 and 6 line station.
A 23-year-old track worker was on the southbound 6 train tracks when he fell onto the 4 and 5 express line tracks—about twenty feet below—and suffered a head injury, according to police officials.
The worker was rushed to a hospital, where he died about an hour later, authorities said.
After the incident, service was suspended at multiple stations on both the express and local lines.
Straphangers at subway stations in Upper Manhattan and the Bronx posted videos and photos on social media that showed people pushing to get on MTA shuttle buses—that the MTA provided as alternative travel— and crowded subway platforms.
MTA President Andy Byford was at the Harlem 125th St Station, answering people’s questions about the service changes; Byford told reporters at the scene that “his heart sank” when he heard about the track worker’s fall.
— April (@april_yim) March 20, 2018
We’re sad to report that a New York City Transit employee died this morning after sustaining a fall on the 4, 5 and 6 lines near the 125 St station. Service is suspended on the 6 line from 86 St to 3 Av-138, and southbound on the 5 line from Nereid Av to E 180 St. (1/2)
— NYCT Subway (@NYCTSubway) March 20, 2018